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FAO and Korea deepen their collaboration in the fight against hunger

FAO to upgrade its presence in the country

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the country’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Gae-ho

18 March 2019, Rome - FAO and the Republic of Korea will redouble efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition around the world with the establishment of a Partnership and Liaison office in Seoul.

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the country’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Gae-ho, paves the way for bringing the country’s expertise in various fields, including food safety, prevention of animal diseases, forestry and fisheries, and the use of cutting edge technologies to the Organization to benefit farmers around the world.

“I am very glad that Korea can share its strengths in the agriculture sector, in particular in regards to information and smart-phone technologies, to contribute to the development of global agriculture,” Minister Gae-ho said following the meeting.

Noting that “everything we do nowadays is challenged by climate hazards”, FAO Director-General praised Korea’s support to FAO and highlighted its potential further contribution.  

“We are in touch with Korea Telecom to explore how IT and mobile technology can be used to benefit farmers,” he explained. “This is one of the best examples of how the private sector can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said.

FAO has worked with Korea, which is the 13th largest donor to the Organization, on numerous projects and programmes – for decades and has more initiatives in the works- to pursue shared development goals.

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